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Cover crops can help improve soil quality, save manure nitrogen or fix nitrogen for the following crop, supply rescue forage and can lead to improved ground and surface water quality. Cover crops have a host of benefits, but there isn’t a single species that does it all. You need to determine what your goal is for your field and select a cover crop species that will do that.
Join us for light dinner and laughter as we learn about maximizing your ecology and profits through bio-intensive farming methods!
This program is designed to provide education for individuals interested in learning to produce food for their family or to create some income by beginning a small-scale agricultural operation in a suburban environment.
The Penn State Extension Young Grower Alliance is sponsoring a tour to Spiral Path Farm and North Mountain Pastures on Tuesday, November 18, 9 am to 3 pm.
This series of participatory discussions and study sessions will help you create a farm plan for your new vegetable business. Let’s make sure all the pieces of your farm business fit together.
You dream of being a farmer. You love working outside, growing your own food, and being your own boss, but then reality sets in. The time commitment, the loans, and the pressure to produce suddenly make starting a new farm seem like a crazy idea.
Late blight is continuing to spread in commercial tomato and potato fields and now has been confirmed on tomato in a home garden in Lehigh County. This is the first report from a home garden this season.
Join Penn State Extension for this ten week program which will provide a foundation on which to build a commercial tree fruit business. The course material will start with orchard site selection and cover all aspects of growing tree fruit. We will conclude with marketing and a financial analysis. It is designed to meet the educational needs of new growers; starting with the basics and moving into the latest practices.
Herd Health is absolutely a prime example of the age old adage “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Many times a producer does not consider or appreciate the value of a true year-round herd health program until confronted with a difficult calving season or an unacceptable level of calf loss from health challenges.
Join Spiral Path Farm for a field day which will include a seed trial featuring tomato, pepper and brassica varieties grown under organic conditions and will focus on improving soil quality and plant health while maintaining high crop production.
Penn State Extension provides updates on Tree Fruit insect and disease as part of the Fruit Times. Here is a few of the highlights.
The Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey (NOFA-NJ), an organic food and farming non-profit, is offering scholarships for beginning farmers to their upcoming Fall courses. A beginning farmer is defined by the USDA as a person who has operated a farm or ranch for ten years or less. The Fall lineup of courses includes: Business of Farming, Tractor Safety and Maintenance, Skills-Scale-Sustainability, and Road to Certification. The deadline for scholarships applications is Friday, August 15th.
Join Penn State Extension August 19th from 3:30-6:30 PM at Pennypack Farm in Horsham PA to learn about insect management for vegetable production.
High quality soil is the basis of health crop production. Learn from farmer Sara Runkel, Great Bend Farm and Tianna DuPont, Penn State Extension how to assess soil quality on your farm and strategies to improve it.
Are you interested in growing nuts? Have you ever considered planting a nut orchard? Please join Penn State Extension on September 9, 2014 from 3pm – 6pm for Introduction to Growing Nuts workshop at Edge of the Woods Nursery in Orefield, PA. This workshop introduces farmers and homesteaders to growing nuts native to Pennsylvania. From butternuts to heartnuts, and black walnuts to pecans, we will discuss how to plant and nurture a nut orchard.
People are concerned about the effect pesticides have on wildlife and the environment. Specifically, there is a lot of discussion about the role pesticides play in the decline of pollinators; both honeybees and wild insects.
What a bargain! The price looks great, but are you really getting a bargain? When buying livestock, there are a number of things you should consider before you make the commitment to purchase. Here are a few things to take a closer look at.
Purchasing equipment in the beginning years of a business is a daunting task! There are so many options, and so many ways to farm. Equipment is a huge time saver, however, it can be hugely expensive, and sometimes extremely frustrating. How do you negotiate what to buy in the first years of a business? Have a researched plan. Try it out. Stick to a budget. Stay flexible.
Recent humid wet weather is the perfect environment for plant diseases. Make sure you are familiar with problematic diseases, are receiving notifications when they are close by and are protecting your plants.